UnityPoint at Home named top care performer

DES MOINES – UnityPoint at Home today announced that of its seven locations have been named to the 2013 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

Now in its eighth year, the HomeCare Elite annual review identifies the top 25 percent of agencies nationwide and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of measures in quality outcomes, process of care measures and financial performance.

The following UnityPoint at Home locations were recognized as 2013 HomeCare Elite agencies: Des Moines, Atlantic, Waterloo, Sioux City and Dubuque.

Additionally, two UnityPoint at Home locations were honored as a HomeCare Elite Top 500 Agency: Fort Dodge and Cedar Rapids.

Phyllis Stadtlander, president and chief executive officer, credits knowledgeable, experienced staff and an ongoing commitment to innovation and care coordination as reasons why UnityPoint at Home consistently ranks among the HomeCare Elite.

“We are proud of our UnityPoint at Home locations being honored as leading home health providers. We are committed to implementing innovative clinical strategies that improve patient care, decrease unnecessary hospitalizations and reduce the cost of care,” she said.

UnityPoint at Home clinicians receive extensive education in integrated chronic care disease management, to prepare them with the tools necessary to deliver interventional care in the home to patients with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes.

“By working with our UnityPoint Health resources through our clinics, hospitals, patient physicians and other providers, we are better able to coordinate care at the right time and in the right place, relieving symptoms and stress and helping patients and families achieve their goals of care,” Stadtlander said. “This coordinated care approach has improved patient outcomes and the overall care experience.”

About Unity Point at Home

UnityPoint at Home is an integrated home health services provider serving patients and communities in Iowa and Illinois. Part of UnityPoint Health, the nation’s fifth largest nondenominational health system, UnityPoint at Home works together with its affiliated physicians and hospitals to coordinate the services, support and education necessary for patients to continue their care at home. Services include adult and pediatric nursing care, rehabilitation therapy, personal care and home support, infusion therapy, respiratory therapy, palliative care, hospice and home medical equipment services.

For more information about UnityPoint at Home, or to find a location near you, visit unitypointathome.org.